Never in history has a young woman had so many options before her, yet never has she had less direction or guidance on what to do with them. A woman at the precipice of adulthood often finds herself with more questions than answers, with more disenchantment than direction. How is she supposed to “lean in” to a successful career while also building deeply meaningful relationships? How can she care for the community around her while simultaneously developing a global mind-set and changing the world? How can she be all that she is destined to be without feeling paralyzed by the pressure of so many prospects?
Allison Trowbridge uses her personal experience and the experiences of her friends, family, and others to answer these tough questions for Ash, a young woman entering college.
The book is 269 pages, so a relatively short read. It is structured to help guide Ash’s transition from her Freshman to Senior year. As the book is titled Twenty Two, within Ash’s four years of undergrad, Allison sends her twenty-two letters (which make up the chapters). Among them, Allison touches on multiple aspects of young adulthood such as Love & Choosing, Vocation & Beginning, and Dreams & Calling. Through personal experience and sound, Godly advice, Allison takes on a “big sister” role to Ash as she hopes to give her answers to the same questions she once had at the age of twenty-two.
As a twenty-two year old post-graduate making it up as I go, I could not have picked a better time to read this book! There were moments were I felt happy and reassured while reading Allison’s advice while other times, I simply felt. I could not identify what emotion I was feeling, I could only identify that Allison’s words moved me. Although I could not always relate to her experiences, I think it’s important when our own world perspectives can be slightly shook or shattered by new outlooks of life.
Overall, I give the book 5 stars. Allison strategically catered this book to young women and I believe they all should pick up a copy, especially if you’re fresh out of college. I think it’s a great way to reflect on your undergraduate career and it’s a nice segway to being at peace about your next move in life. Hence, why the picture below is one of my favorite quotes:
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